Keeping Tabs on the Flynn Story

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Given his connection to Rhode Island (he grew up in Middletown and went to URI), General Michael Flynn’s involvement with the Trump White House and plea bargain after special counsel Robert Mueller accused him of lying to the FBI has been a big topic for the local news media.  The Providence Journal’s G. Wayne Miller even won an award for a profile titled “Before the Fall.”

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Given that this local interest seems to have petered out as the Mueller investigation has come into question, including around Flynn’s plea bargain, it’s important to note how the story is changing for this local boy who made it big.  Lawyer/blogger John Hinderaker has followed the story in detail and believed the case against Flynn was “incredibly weak,” in part because the evidence is all in summary notes made by FBI agents, rather than recorded or transcribed.  Now he highlights the following detail published in The Hill:

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) suggested Thursday in an interview wth Hill.TV’s “Rising” that evidence may have been tampered with in the case against former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn. …

Meadows suggested one focus is whether FBI interview reports — known as 302 reports — about Flynn were altered to improve the chances he’d be prosecuted.

We don’t know what evidence Meadows might cite, but given recent revelations about political corruption in the FBI, especially with Peter Strzok, one of the agents who interviewed Flynn, it isn’t difficult to believe that they set him up for a process charge so Mueller could squeeze him for information that might snag the President of the United States, whom they despise.



  • guest

    Justin, did you know that Mikey pleaded guilty? Why would an innocent man do that?

    • Justin Katz

      He says fighting the endless resources of the prosecutors was bankrupting him, and that seems like a plausible explanation to me.

      • guest

        If he were a man of integrity then he would have fought the charges and then used a public defender if necessary.

        • Justin Katz

          OK, oh anonymous commenter. Follow up with me on your integrity when federal agents are coming after you with a bottomless budget.

          • guest

            What is the relevance of the budget if you haven’t done anything wrong? In reality the Russians would have picked up Flynnie’s legal tab anyway.

  • guest

    In case you missed this, Justin. It’s a pretty straightforward question:

    Why are you afraid to disclose what’s % of your organization’s funding that comes from Rhode Islanders?

    • Justin Katz

      I’m not afraid, just tired of saying the same thing over and over again. I’m not privy to exact percentages, but Mike Stenhouse has publicly stated that the vast majority of our funding comes from Rhode Islanders. In any event, our funding is fundamentally a different question than funding of politicians and government officials. They have the power to make decisions on the public’s behalf; we only have the authority to make arguments, which can be judged on their own merits. If you want to make the case that something I’ve written is inconsistent with my body of work going back decades, and that it has changed in favor of some supposed funding source, go ahead.

      • guest

        The funding question most recently arose from your criticism of public radio. Public radio does “not make decisions on the public’s behalf” they “only have the authority to make arguments, which can be judged on their own merits”.

        • Justin Katz

          It “arose” because an anonymous commenter, probably you, brought it up. It’s a different situation than politicians, because it’s not a question of whether the journalists are being bought off, but whether they reflect the views of the people whose representatives force them to subsidize the content.

          • guest

            “whether they reflect the views of the people whose representatives force them to subsidize the content.”…Are you sure you are not referring to the Sinclair Broadcasting affiliates?

  • Mario

    The Mueller investigation has not come into question.

    • guest

      Maybe you need to stop watching fake new and turn into Fox and Friends.

      • Mario

        I know, right? :) I’m clearly missing out on all of the blockbuster scoops.

    • Mike678

      Lol. Prepare to be disappointed.

      • Mario

        I’m not expecting fireworks when it finally winds down, I’m just reacting to the persistent myth that the investigation itself is somehow illegitimate. If you listen to Trump people and their sycophants, it was “fatally compromised” as soon as it began, and every once in a while (usually when the news is especially bad), a new story comes up attempting to discredit the “witch hunt.”

        I think its sad to see people who should know better (not you) fall into the trap of swallowing every piece of propaganda that comes down the pipe. Maybe that alt-right cartoonist was right and Trump is some sort of hypnotist. I won’t stop trying to break the conditioning.

        • Mike678

          Myth? Sycophants? It must be nice to think you know the truth and it’s the other guy that needs to break “conditioning”

          Understandable if all you do is listen and swallow the local news–the spin would make Pravda editor proud. BTW, In your group echo chamber I keep seeing derisive comments to certain news and opinion stations, FOX being the most common. Yet when I ask for examples of incorrect news, no examples are provide. Why is that Mario?

          • Mario

            Like I said above, I’m trying to help people who I know know better than to believe this stuff. The lies run so thick that they dismiss the big ones but the little ones manage to squeak through anyway. Which, obviously, is why Trump lies to the extent he does. When I see the little ones repeated as if they were the truth, I try to step in to issue a small reminder than nothing Trump says is the truth.

            I don’t do this for you, because I don’t expect so much of you.

          • Mike678

            But I expect more from you, Mario. Do you ever think about what you write? What lies–you mean the things you’d rather not believe? Yes, Trump does exaggerate and bluster. But so do you (“…nothing Trump says is the truth”).

            Please tell us how your life is worse under this administration. What ills, specifically, have befallen you? Frankly, I’d think you’d adore him–the economic growth and jobs produced will, in no small way, support this states beleaguered economy for years.

            Perhaps a little self-examination and intellectual broadening is in order?

          • Mario

            “Nothing Trump says is the truth” isn’t an exaggeration, it’s a rule of thumb. People are so used to politicians shading the truth in their favor that they are unprepared for someone like this, who literally doesn’t even try to anchor what he says in fact. So they look for ways to defend his statements, which is just a waste of time. He says what he wants to be true, and he’ll say something else as soon as it suits him. If what he says happens to be true sometimes, it’s only a coincidence.

            If I based my policy preferences on what is best for me, I would have been pushing for Obamacare; I made out like a bandit with that one, and I knew I would. But I don’t. Imprisoning children for a misdemeanor, for instance, is bad even when they aren’t my children. I don’t have to be harmed by his firing of the FBI director for it to be a terrible thing. The pardoning of criminals like Arpaio and Dinesh D’Souza harms all of us, but only in an abstract way.

            And, of course, there is his demolishing of any coherent philosophy in the Republican party in favor of a cult of personality. There used to be a time, not long ago, when Republicans, conservatives, and other people in that realm knew that tariffs and trade wars don’t create economic growth or produce jobs.

          • Mike678

            Ok. I tried. You can keep up the outrage not connected to reality. I will enjoy my life, happy to know more people have jobs, corrupt officials are being removed from positions of power, and that the laws of the land are being enforced.

  • guest

    Sorry you won’t be able to try the Red Hen, Justin. Their convictions don’t allow them to serve extreme right-wing spin-meisters. That is within their rights, just like baking a cake, right?

  • Merle The Monster

    Katz’s reliance on the lawyer/blogger/right wing extremist John Hinderaker for any clarity on the Mueller investigation is laughable. There have been very few if any leaks coming out of that investigation leaving rabid partisans like Trump supporter Hinderaker and Meadows to their innuendo and wild conjecture. Their efforts though do show the mounting panic within the Trump crowd. Seems like Peter Strzok may be Katz’s and the aforementioned dissemblers favorite FBI agent as he provides them with just enough ammunition for them to continue their war against reality. Katz writes that the personal comments of Strzok constitutes political corruption in the FBI but says nothing at all of the seemingly systemic corruption within the Trump Cabinet. This is really not much of a surprise as he seems incapable of answering simple questions about his organization’s funding.

    • Mike678

      Merle,
      You are a constant steam of entertainment! I wonder what you will do when your house of cards crumbles. From past experience, you’ll settle on some delusional conspiracy theory that leaves your twisted view of the world intact–denial in a word. Just a prediction! MAGA!

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